Tea Time: Nurturing your Hair with Tea
For the past few months, I’ve explored the benefits of green tea for both hair growth and repair. Green tea has an antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate, a key ingredient in scalp stimulation. To this day I don’t know how to pronounce this antioxidant correctly, but after reviewing a study that proved it increased hair growth and elongated the hair follicle, I began drinking a glass of green tea everyday. Have I seen an improvement? Not yet. But green tea is heavy with nutritional value that can lower blood pressure and fight bad cholesterol that I’ll stick with one glass a day whether I see results or not.
Just last week I found a web site of a fellow BHM frequenter who used green tea on her hair, reaping fabulous results, so I went off and did a little research for myself. Used topically, tea can darken the hair, thicken the strands, reduce hair loss and stimulate growth. Need it be said that I created my own rinse?
I recommend using black or nettle tea instead of green tea, as African American women tend to gain the best results from these two. Black tea works by repairing the strands, while nettle is a tingling stimulant that grows out hair when applied to the scalp. For that reason, I created two separate mixtures for different applications.
Nettle Tea Spritz Growth Aid
To prepare, use one quart of water and a handful of nettle. Once the water steams, add the nettle and let it simmer for two hours. If you prefer a quicker alternative, let the mixture boil and then cover it for 10 minutes. Whichever way you chose, you’ll gain similar results.